Editor’s Note: The following story comes from today’s issue of Wednesday Morning Coffee Talk & Updates from the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and summarizes the association’s lobbying effort on April 26 in Sacramento.
“Never thought I’d be shaking hands with California’s Governor!” said Debbie Sipe of last Tuesday’s A Day in Sac.
CalARVC members shared wine and food with Gov. Brown and many California legislators and staff along with other tourism leaders and representatives. Members from the attractions, lodging, ski, retail, restaurants, wine and our own industry mingled for two hours on the steps of the capitol. Legislators couldn’t miss hearing about or understanding the positive impact travel has on California’s economy.
Preceding the Legislative Reception, key CEO’s, shared their insights on how California’s budget problems impact the differing travel segments. John Robinson from the attraction association shared the onerous regulations affecting the ride operators. Debbie Sipe shared the lack of financing available for capital improvements. Lynn Morefield shared the newest legislation requiring fitted sheets on hotel beds. The final point of the conversation was travel brings jobs and keep government out of our businesses.
Earlier in the day, CalARVC members were prepped for the evening by Trent Smith, CalARVC’s lobbyist. He shared techniques and tips for getting your point across to any elected official. It’s a busy time in the Capitol this week with various committee meetings in session. None the less many legislators made time out of their busy days to talk to CalARVC members. Some even attended different committee hearings and watched the legislature in process.
All of these great sessions followed our opening morning session which gave the updates affecting the operation of RV parks and campgrounds. Brad Harward of HCD shared his humorous insights on how regulations come to be and the challenges getting them passed.
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